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Charity Golf Day Scores Hole In One For Community Sport

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Pic2Multrees Investor Services Goes Live with DigitaThe inaugural Play Sport4Life Charity Golf Day at Mowbray on Friday “aced” it as a fund-raising event with about 100 golfers raising more than R50, 000 for community projects in Kensington, Factreton and Maitland.

In near-perfect conditions, teams of four played their rounds and then gathered at the “19th hole” for an auction of sport memorabilia and prizes which included an autographed ball by this year’s World Cup winning All Black team and a framed photograph of a very, very young Jonathan Butler leaving home at the start of his stellar career in the Seventies.

The ball was autographed when a Play Sport4Life member “ambushed” the team at their London hotel just before the final and the photograph of Jonathan is more than 40 years old.

A highlight of the day was the participation of former Cape Town soccer superstar and now high-profile TV identity Shaun Bartlett.

He went around the Mowbray course and then presented the trophies and prizes at the post-game function.

Play Sport4Life is the non-profit organization that operates in the Kensington, Factreton and Maitland areas. It planned and coordinated the event to raise funds for community sports projects in the neighborhood.

For the event, Play Sport4Life secured a number of key sponsors that included First National Bank, Engen, Investec and new music blog Music Legends of Cape Town.

Prize sponsors included Adidas, the Lewis Group, Streamline Agencies and Con Brio restaurant.

Miles October, who founded Play Sport4Life in 2014 to promote sport participation and healthy living in the community, said it was very encouraging to see major corporate houses getting involved in grassroots community projects.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of the companies who, through participating today, are contributing to the development of school sport in the Western Cape,” Mr. October said.

“We have a long way to go to achieve our objectives and I hope that we can count on their support in the future to help us uplift our communities through sport.

“PPic3lay Sport4Life’s programme is implemented in eight schools in the communities of Kensington, Factreton and Maitland and it provides sports equipment as well as sports coaches.”

Mr. October paid tribute to Shaun Bartlett for agreeing to participate in the day’s events.

“Shaun gave up his time from his very busy schedule to add weight to this community programme. It is quite fitting that he was there. Shaun is a product of sport in the Kensington area, he is a local boy.
“Through Play Sport4Life, we hope we can unearth the next Shaun Bartlett. All the money we raised will be channeled into sport projects in the area.”

Shaun Bartlett said: “It’s not just about giving money, it’s about the time that you give up. Going forward I hope to be more involved on different levels with Play Sport4Life. I believe we can all make a difference in one or more children’s lives in the region.”

Entertainment was provided by local celebrity Matthew Gold, Cherie Okkers and the Ubuntu Bboys.

The golf day was Play Sport4Life’s biggest event thus far. Mr. October said that they were already planning an even bigger and better day for next year.
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